All My Children Transcript Thursday 3/28/02
>> Previously on "All My Children" --
Leo: And every year we put the ornaments on the tree, we're going to remember this Christmas.
Greenlee: And how happy we are.
Dr. Greenberg: The symptoms you're experiencing do indicate some cranial pressure.
Adam: What's causing the pressure?
Dr. Greenberg: We won't know that until we do an MRI.
[Knock on door]
Man: Excuse me! Hello? Ms. Smythe?
Greenlee: You broke my ornament!
Greenlee: You scared me to death.
Man: Ma'am, I’m sorry --
Greenlee: Don't "ma'am" me.
Man: Really, I --
Greenlee: Look, preppie, whatever you're hawking or preaching or begging for, forget it.
Man: That's not why I --
Greenlee: I'm not interested, comprende? So take your little pamphlets and scram before I call security.
Man: There was a note on the door to apartment 3G. It said to see the landlady in the penthouse. That's you, right?
Greenlee: Do I look like a landlady to you?
Man: Um -- well, yes, ma'am, you do.
Leo: I thought -- I thought that you were Jackson.
Anna: What are you doing in the D.A.’s office?
Leo: Look, okay, I know that this looks really bad --
Anna: Mm-hmm. It looks criminal -- breaking and entering, stealing confidential files.
Leo: No, I wasn't stealing. I wasn't stealing. I was -- I was putting back.
Anna: Ah. You'd already nicked them, then.
Leo: It's -- it's Vanessa’s. Background stuff on Proteus. I had to know, and I had to find out what the hell made my mother such a monster.
Anna: Leo, you had no right.
Leo: I had every right. What are you talking about, I had no right? She's my mother. She's been lying to me my whole life, Anna. Come on.
Anna: You knew that.
Leo: Anna, listen to me. Just listen to me, okay? Vanessa made it sound like David’s father killed himself because he was a pathetic loser, but --
Anna: Yeah, I know the story.
Leo: No, no, no. You know Vanessa’s spin of the story. And David never believed it, and he was right. Vanessa drove her husband to suicide but not because he was totally whipped.
Anna: Okay, I'm listening.
Leo: Okay, when Vanessa kidnapped Maggie, she confessed everything to her. She -- thinking that she would never rat her out because she would never live to. She told her the whole reason why she became Proteus.
Anna: She answered an ad in the classifieds?
Leo: She took the reins from her husband, Charles. Yeah.
Anna: David's father? But Charles was David’s idol. I mean, he talks about him like he practically walked on water.
Leo: David was wrong. David has no idea who his father was. And if he found out, it would -- it would kill him.
Vanessa: Mr. Snuck. What an honor. I mean, the studio chief taking time out of his busy schedule to come see me. Oh, and don't worry about these bruises. I will be camera-ready in no time at all.
David: Cut the crap, Vanessa.
Vanessa: Oh, excuse me. Oh, no, if you want to suspend me, you know, that's fine, but I'm really not used to being talked to in that tone of voice.
David: I brought a little gift for you -- something from an old admirer?
Vanessa: Really? Who? Van? Gene? Ronnie? Oh!
David: Remember him?
Vanessa: Yes, I -- I think I do. I think that -- Lester Delray. I was the ingénue and he was the -- the prince, the pauper prince in "The Moon over the Caribbean."
David: Wrong. Why don't I just put him right over here? Maybe it'll jog your memory, huh?
Vanessa: Get that coward out of my sight!
David: Mother, is that you?
Vanessa: Damn you!
Adam: You had me worried, disappearing from the exam room like that.
Liza: I just wanted someplace quiet to think.
Adam: Yeah. I know you're scared. But believe me, you're going to be fine.
Liza: The neurologist, Dr. Greenberg, wants to run some more tests.
Adam: Yeah. Well, the process of elimination, ruling things out when -- once we know what you don't have --
Liza: I saw you talking with Jake. And I saw your face. I could tell that there was something wrong. Just tell me. Just tell me. Tell me what they want to rule out.
Adam: It's -- it's too --
Adam: What they -- what they think we might be dealing with is a brain tumor.
Adam: No, no, no. No, we're not going to do this. We don't even have a diagnosis yet.
Liza: We need to face it. We need to be prepared.
Adam: No. You need to have faith.
Liza: In what?
Adam: In yourself. And in me. And in God.
Liza: You? Since when?
Adam: Well, I may not be in church every Sunday, but I do know there's a higher power. I've had living proof.
Adam: When I thought Stuart was dead and he came back to me. It was a -- it was a miracle. It was God saying to me, "Don’t take the people you love for granted." And I haven’t. Every minute I've spent with you and Colby has been a gift. My girls. You're my life.
Liza: I'm just -- I'm afraid.
Adam: I know, I know.
Liza: And if something's wrong --
Adam: We don't know anything yet.
Liza: We just have to face it. If it -- if it's cancer, if it's malignant --
Adam: Listen to me. Here, come on, come on. Let's go, let's go. Dr. Greenberg is waiting for us. He's scheduled an M.R.I. Let's go get you --
Liza: No, no. Not tonight.
Adam: Sweetheart, the sooner you have the tests --
Liza: I haven't seen Colby since last night.
Adam: She's fine.
Liza: No, she's not fine. She was with me; I was blank in the park with her. I -- I acted like a stranger. It scared her enough to run away.
Adam: She's with Marian.
Liza: Colby needs me. And I need her. I need my baby. I'm going home.
Anna: Are you saying that David’s father was a crime boss?
Leo: Yeah, it's all right here -- Maggie’s deposition.
Anna: Okay, tell me.
Leo: Okay. Charles was -- was bound and determined to keep Vanessa, but he couldn't do that on his take-home pay.
Anna: So he went into the drug trade?
Leo: Yeah, and he was damn good at it. He made a ton of money. But when the whole thing went global, he felt like he was in too deep and he wanted out.
Anna: Well, maybe his conscience kicked in then.
Leo: Well, yeah, yeah. I mean, he wanted to do right by David. Apparently he wanted to be somebody that David could look up to.
Anna: And Vanessa doesn't have those scruples.
Leo: I don't know. I don't know because, according to her, Charles put his family's head on the block because he was too weak. He got a call -- or she got a call from some thug threatening David’s life if Charles backed out.
Anna: Oh, my God.
Leo: I know.
Anna: This is surreal.
Leo: I know. So Vanessa confronted Charles about it. She made him give her his contact and she set up a face-to-face meeting with these people. Can you believe that?
Anna: Wow. That took some brass.
Leo: Yeah. And at that meeting, Vanessa swore that if her husband ever fell down on the job, that she would take over for him, she would deliver the goods. And that, Anna, is how my mommy grew up to be Proteus.
Anna: And David -- he doesn't know any of this?
Leo: No, and he sure as hell doesn't need an update. Talk about kicking a guy when he's down.
Anna: David is just going to have to figure out a way to deal with the truth.
Leo: What, are you going to be the one to tell him? You want to take away the one illusion that he has left about his parents, Anna?
Jack: Would someone like to tell me what the hell is going on?
David: Vanessa -- come out, come out, wherever you are.
Vanessa: David. Is that you?
David: Brava. What a performance. So, where was all this talent when you made your rounds around holly-weird?
Vanessa: You wanted to see me, did you? What is -- oh, good God! Who put that there?
David: I did. I thought maybe it might merge some of your alter egos.
Vanessa: Well, I don't need a picture of your father glaring at me.
David: My dead, unlamented father. You didn't even shed a tear when he put a bullet through his brain.
Vanessa: Oh, David, why do you have to keep bringing up this unpleasantness again and again and again?
David: That's your way of putting it, huh, driving a man to suicide?
Vanessa: Oh, you know, you still don't know the whole story. And believe me, my dear, you don't want to know it.
David: I know that you never loved him, that you just went through the motions, another performance, pretending to be his wife, just like you pretended to be my loving mother.
Vanessa: Oh, why can't the past just stay in the past?
David: You told me the other day that you made me everything that I am, that all my accomplishments, all my awards and honors, everything that I achieved you bought with your drug money.
Vanessa: Well, a mother's love just knows no bounds.
David: I left here thinking that my whole life was an enormous lie.
Vanessa: You've always been much too hard on yourself, dear.
David: I must have felt exactly like my father did the moment he put that gun to his head -- like his life was nothing, it wasn't worth living.
Vanessa: Well, you'll always have me, dear.
David: But then I remembered something -- the one true thing that even you, the great proteus, can't take away from me, the one good thing in my life that gives me the strength to fight you, mother, and the curse that you put on my life.
Vanessa: Oh, really? And what might that be, dear?
David: My father. If it hadn't been for him --
Vanessa: What? If it hadn't been your father -- what, you would have grown up maybe to be just like mums? Well, here's something interesting, David -- if it hadn't been for your father, I wouldn't be the woman I am today.
David: You really are crazy.
Vanessa: Oh, yes! And Dr. Fishman totally agrees with you. The results of my psychological evaluation have come back, and I am completely unfit to stand trial. Yes, mad as a march hare.
David: I'm not worried. You can't keep this performance up forever.
Vanessa: No. But I can continue telling you all sorts of stories about your father that would make that bone --
David: There's nothing you could tell me about my father. I know everything there is to know about him.
Vanessa: Really, dear? Everything?
Greenlee: "Yes, ma'am"? Who are you, Gomer Pyle?
Man: James H. Kenyon III -- Trey for short. It's a nickname --
Greenlee: Trey, Trey, go away.
Trey: Wait. You have to help me.
Greenlee: Get a life.
Trey: There was an ad on the Internet -- "Roommate Wanted, Apartment 3G," Simone somebody.
Greenlee: Do I look like I could possibly care?
Trey: Well, this Simone person was supposed to show me the place, but she left this on her door saying she might be late and that I should ask Mrs. Smythe.
Greenlee: This is what I get for cutting that chick a break.
Trey: Are you having a bad day, ma'am?
Greenlee: I was having a ginger peachy day until you showed up. And stop calling me "ma'am."
Trey: Well, I'll gladly replace the ornament.
Greenlee: You can’t.
Trey: Please? If I hadn't knocked so loud and scared you --
Greenlee: Look, it's one of a kind, okay? You can't find another one.
Trey: I could try.
Greenlee: Just -- just stop. No. I'll never get it back.
Trey: Someone special gave it to you, huh?
Greenlee: You know what? Forget it. You did me a favor.
Trey: Breaking something special?
Greenlee: No, I broke it. I didn't hold on tight enough.
Trey: But you said --
Greenlee: Look, what, are you taking notes? Why are you still here?
Trey: The apartment downstairs.
Greenlee: Fine. You want to see the apartment? I'll show you the apartment. I'm young, I'm gorgeous. Since when did I turn into Myrtle Fargate?
Greenlee: Come on, Gomer, keep up.
Trey: So, what's she like?
Trey: My possible roommate, Simone what's-her-name.
Greenlee: I barely know her.
Trey: Well, you're her landlady. You live in the same building.
Greenlee: So that makes us best buds?
Trey: She's not very friendly, huh?
Greenlee: Look, Gomer, if you're asking me if she asked me to her last quilting bee, the answer is no, and she's not going to give me a recipe for Pepsi-Cola salad, either.
Trey: You think I'm a hick.
Greenlee: I don't think about you at all.
Greenlee: You're just passing through, right? So whenever you're done with whatever you're in town here for, you'll go back to Podunk. So why waste my time building up a personality profiles?
Trey: It's your apartment. What if I'm some kind of freak?
Greenlee: Simone's headache, not mine.
Trey: What if I talk to myself, paint my walls black?
Greenlee: Simone's daddy's a shrink. Maybe he'll give you a discount. Close the door on your way out.
Trey: Can I help you clean up?
Greenlee: Are you coming on to me?
Trey: No. No.
Greenlee: But you want to help me clean up?
Trey: I mean the broken glass. You look --
Greenlee: Go on. Say it. I look like something the cat dragged in and buried in the litter box.
Trey: You look fine.
Greenlee: This is fine? Compared to what, miss dairymaid at the Cocooning county fair? You have no idea how great I clean up.
Trey: So show me.
Greenlee: This is a come-on.
Trey: No. Really. I mean, you were so nice about showing me the apartment and I did break your ornament. And if Simone gives me her okay, I'll be your new neighbor.
Greenlee: So we should get to know each other better.
Trey: What's the harm in that? I'll take you out for dinner, no strings attached.
Greenlee: Give me one good reason to say yes.
Trey: Because I don't know a soul in this town and I could really use a friend.
Greenlee: You're on, Gomer. I mean, life's a banquet, right? Tons of other flavors than rocky road and vanilla.
Trey: Excuse me?
Greenlee: Forget it. Give me five to get dressed, and prepare to be dazzled.
Adam: Liza, we've been through this. After that scare in the park yesterday, I wanted you to come in here then, but you won out.
Liza: This is nonnegotiable, Adam.
Adam: Liza, you're tense and you're anxious. You're not thinking clearly.
Liza: I don't want to be here. I want to go home. I want to give my daughter a bubble bath. And I want to take her all clean and warm and I want to put her in her Princess Jasmine pajamas and I want to read her a bedtime story. And I want to gather her in my arms and I want to feel her fall asleep. Please?
Liza: Mia, help me to make him understand that I want to go home. I want to see my daughter. I'll come back first thing in the morning. I'll have all the tests done that need to be done, but I just want to see my daughter one last time.
Adam: Sweetheart, you have a whole lifetime ahead of you.
Liza: You can't guarantee that.
Jake: Well, Liza, the sooner that we get those tests done --
Mia: Jake, can I talk to you a second in private, please?
Liza: I know that they think I'm being irrational.
Adam: No. No. No, nobody thinks that.
Liza: Look, until I hear otherwise, I'm just going to pretend that everything is fine, at least for one more night.
David: I'm not going to play this game with you.
Vanessa: What game is that, dear?
David: Your favorite -- I know something you don't know.
Vanessa: Oh, but I do, dear. I know some things that are so delicious, I'm sure you'd want me to share them with you. You know, as a child, you adored surprises.
David: You want to play this game? All right, fine, as long as I go first.
Vanessa: Really? Do you know something I don't know?
David: Oh, yeah. The method actress in you somewhere is going to love this.
Vanessa: Oh. Well, then please don't keep me in suspense.
David: The other day when you came tearing out of your room like the hounds from hell were chasing after you and you attached yourself to poor little Jamie Martin, that wasn't an act.
Vanessa: Well, what exactly do you mean, now, David?
David: I'm a doctor. I've completed rotations in psych during my residency. I know crazy when I see it. And all that stuff that you were babbling -- "oh, my sweet lost child, yes. Oh, yes, I can count on you. You're the only one. You're the one who can save me." I mean, who the hell did you think you were talking to? And don't tell me it was that Lester whatever his face is from one of your B-movies. Oh, the game's not so much fun now, Mother, is it? You seem to think that you're going to get, what, committed to Oak Haven? You're going to spend the rest of your days just lounging around, reading magazines, and eating bonbons? You're forgetting something, Mother. You truly are insane. You're going to spend the rest of your unnatural life locked away in a rubber room, a snake pit. You should feel right at home.
Bianca: Uncle Jack, this is not what it looks like.
Leo: Bianca, don't dig yourself in any deeper.
Jack: What have you got there, son? Vanessa's file.
Anna: I can explain, Jackson.
Jack: Well, Anna, I certainly hope you're here in your official capacity as police chief.
Bianca: When did this happen?
Anna: I was sworn in yesterday.
Leo: Well, gee, appreciate the update.
Anna: Don't say any more --
Leo: No, it's a little too late for that, don't you think?
Anna: Leo --
Leo: I spilled my guts to you! I thought that we were on the same side.
Anna: We are.
Leo: No, you set me up.
Anna: No -- Leo --
Leo: This is entrapment. This is entrapment. She tricked me into talking.
Anna: No, it's not.
Leo: God, I'm an idiot!
Bianca: Leo, just shut up.
Leo: Why? So I don't incriminate myself?
Jack: Excuse me. Please. Chief Devane, maybe now would be a good time to read Mr. du Pres his rights.
Anna: Jackson, just hear me out.
Jack: I'll listen to anything you have to say, Anna, after you've done your job.
Anna: Leo, attempting to steal Vanessa’s files was misguided, there's no question about that --
Jack: Not to mention a felony.
Anna: There were extenuating circumstances.
Jack: Really? For breaking into the D.A.'s office, going through a confidential file?
Anna: He had his reasons.
Jack: Okay, Leo, you're up. Let's hear the reasons.
Leo: What's the point?
Anna: Jackson, put yourself in Leo’s shoes for a moment. Imagine what it would be like to be Vanessa’s son.
Jack: No, thank you. But that doesn't justify what he --
Anna: The media is painting her out to be such a monster -- living a double life, trafficking drugs, and pretending to be something that she wasn’t.
Jack: And that would be what? A decent human being? Look, I -- I'm just trying to understand. Leo, please --
Leo: Well, that's all I wanted to do. I wanted to understand, Jackson. I wanted to know why my mother became a bloodsucking vampire. I wanted to know why she lied her way across five continents and took me with her. I wanted answers, man. Come on. So are you saying that if I would have asked you flat out for the files, you would have given them to me?
Jack: Confidential case files? No, son, I would not have.
Leo: Well, there you go. Well, damn me to hell, then.
Anna: Jackson, look, what Leo did was a bit stupid.
Jack: Oh, yeah.
Anna: But he's not the bad guy. He's Vanessa’s son, and that is what drove him to come here --
Jack: So what are you saying? That Vanessa drove him as crazy as she's pretending to be?
Anna: Okay, fine. That's it. Leo, you come down to the station tomorrow and we'll talk about this further, okay?
Leo: I'm free to go?
Anna: For now.
Jack: Bianca. You and I will be having a little chat later.
Leo: Bianca, I'm sorry to have dragged you into this.
Bianca: No, I'm so sorry. I'm the one who told you to come down here and put the files back. What are you going to do now?
Leo: I'm going to go to the hospital and tell Maggie to keep her mouth shut about this whole thing.
Bianca: About what?
Leo: I got to go, Bianca. I'm sorry.
Jack: Well, Chief Devane, what an interesting start to a career -- aiding and abetting, obstruction of justice. Fascinating.
Anna: He was just trying to protect his brother.
Jack: Yeah, the man that you're romantically involved with. You do remember that you have been subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury in a matter regarding David Hayward.
Anna: I haven't forgotten.
Jack: Anna, you know that Leo read the contents in that file. And what was in them is going to make public -- very public. David is going to find out about his father.
Anna: I'm aware of that.
Jack: And there's not a thing in the world I can do about it.
Anna: No, maybe not. But there's something I can do.
Jack: And what, may I ask, would that be? Oh, why bother telling me? I'm only the district attorney.
Vanessa: Talking to Jamie Martin does not make me certifiable.
David: Looked that way to me.
Vanessa: Well, I was confused.
David: Ah, that's a shame -- the great god Proteus reduced to a babbling idiot.
Vanessa: No, David, you're the idiot! It wasn't Jamie I saw there, it was you. You were my world, you were my anchor. My world revolved around you.
David: Oh, please.
Vanessa: Oh, David, and you were just about Jamie’s age when the whole thing just fell apart.
David: You mean when you drove my father to put a bullet through his head?
Vanessa: All right, so I married your father for one reason, yes.
David: Please, we know it wasn't for love, right?
Vanessa: To have you. The moment you were born, David, that is the moment that I fell in love. You were everything to me. You completed my life. And, you know, your father tried to compete, but there just was not room in our world for him. But you're wrong, David. I did marry for love. Oh, I did. But I never loved your father.
David: I did! I mean, he was everything that you weren’t. He was kind, he was decent. He had a heart!
Vanessa: He was idealistic. You know something, David? After all these years of your contempt and your indifference, I think it's about time you heard the fact that your father and I, you know, weren't all that much different. No.
Jake: Liza, I just spoke with Dr. Greenberg, and if you feel that strongly about going home tonight and you promise to come back first thing in the morning --
Adam: But she's -- she's here now.
Jake: Actually, Adam, I agree. I would prefer that Liza have the test done right now. But there's no medical reason you can't wait.
Adam: But what -- what if something happens?
Mia: You can hire an overnight nurse, and then if Liza’s not feeling well, she'll be right there.
Jake: Adam, this message is for you, and it says it's urgent.
Adam: Ignore it. Nothing's that important.
Liza: No, you should go and take it.
Adam: You sure you'll be all right?
Mia: I'll stay with her.
Adam: Okay. I won't be long.
Trey: Greenlee, I hope you don't mind. I found a broom in the closet.
Trey: Holy motley.
Greenlee: "Holy motley"? Is that yokel for "you look fabulous"?
Trey: You look --
Trey: Real nice.
Greenlee: You sure you're not a geek?
Trey: I'm not a hick.
Greenlee: I'll be the judge of that.
Trey: I guess you will.
David: You and my father had nothing in common.
Vanessa: But that's where you're wrong, David.
David: You said you married him to have me? Then why did he marry you?
Vanessa: Because I was young, I was beautiful, I was exciting and an actress. I was such forbidden fruit -- forbidden fruit for a dullard like your father. He adored me, and he wasn't the only one.
David: But you chose him. Why?
Vanessa: Because he was good in bed. And he wasn't bad to look at. And he happened to be loaded. I call that real potential.
David: You never loved him. But he loved you.
Vanessa: Did he? I don't remember.
David: You're a liar. The night my father killed himself, he stood before you begging for your forgiveness. Forgiveness for what? He pleaded with you to give him a second chance. When you threatened to leave him for someone else, you left that hanging over his head. But why? What did my father do that was so unforgivable?
Vanessa: Because he was so bloody weak!
David: What, because he loved you?
David: My God -- do you hate yourself that much? You killed my father because he loved you -- which is what you've been trying to do to me, little by little, piece by piece. Well, that's never going to happen.
Vanessa: And why is that, David?
David: Because it was my father's misfortune to love you but it's not mine. I don't love you, Vanessa. I never will. You ripped that out of me a long time ago, all those years ago.
Leo: Hey, excuse me; I'm looking for Maggie Stone.
Nurse: Room 23.
Leo: Yeah, I just checked. She's not in there.
Nurse: I don't think she's been discharged.
Leo: Could you check for me? It's really important. I have to talk to her immediately.
Greenlee: Listen, Gomer, if hospital food is your idea of a date --
Trey: This is business -- a client I have to see. It won't take long.
Greenlee: Okay, but make it quick. This is the last place I want to be tonight.
Trey: I'll be back in 10 minutes, tops.
Greenlee: One second longer, I'm out of here. Damn you, Leo.
Liza: Mia, thanks.
Mia: It's okay.
Liza: Adam's right -- I'm not the most rational person in the world.
Mia: There's nothing irrational about wanting to be with your baby. It makes perfect sense to me.
Liza: There is something going on with me.
Mia: I know.
Liza: And it's -- it's serious. And I'm trying to deal with it.
Mia: Liza, you don't have to explain or justify yourself to me. You know, you just need some time to process, that's all.
Liza: The problem is I keep imagining the worst. And the worst is unimaginable. So I'm just trying to keep it together.
Mia: I think you're doing an amazing job.
Liza: Well, I'm just like Adam. I hate being out of control, not having all the answers. But he's right. We don't know anything yet. It could be nothing.
Mia: It could be nothing.
Liza: But if it's serious, you know that nothing will ever be the same.
Mia: You have lots of people around you who love you.
Liza: Well, you know, they say that everything happens for a reason. Maybe you finding me are part of the reason.
Adam: No, wait a minute. Barry -- Barry, are you absolutely certain about this? No, don't tell me to calm down. I'm going to -- I'm going to kill him!
Greenlee: Oh! Leo.
Vanessa: Oh, well, finally, you got here.
Jack: I don't believe this. I can't find it. Where's Maggie Stone's deposition? Leo took it. Oh, God –
Anna: David? David, hi. Thank God. I need to talk to you now.
Liza: David, have you seen Adam?
David: No, Liza, I'm sorry. I've been really busy. How are your headaches, by the way?
Anna: I --
Adam: There you are. You snaking son of a bitch!
Anna: Oh! Adam! Don't -- don't -- wait, wait, wait!
>> On the next "All My Children" --
Leo: I really need you to help me right now. Shh.
Trey: I'm exactly what you need. I can make you a free woman.
David: Get me a gurney right away!